Mexico Ex Prez: Legalize Drugs

Legalization will reduce cartels' power: Fox
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 10, 2010 5:08 AM CDT
Mexico Ex Prez: Legalize Drugs
Then-Mexican President Vicente Fox makes a speech in 2001 during a visit to Chicago.   (Getty Images)

Mexico's war on drugs has been a failure and the country should consider legalizing them, according to former President Vicente Fox. Fox—in a blog post sharply critical of his successor Felipe Calderon's hardline policies—stresses that he doesn't believe drugs are good, but that he believes legalizing them will sap the power of drug cartels and thereby reduce their power to corrupt the government and police, CNN reports.

"We should consider legalizing the production, sale and distribution of drugs," Fox wrote. "Radical prohibition strategies have never worked." Over 26,000 people have died in drug-related violence since Calderon came to power in 2006 and deployed the military against drug cartels, a decision Fox says was a mistake. "They are not prepared for police work," he wrote. "They should return to the barracks." (Read more Felipe Calderon stories.)

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